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June 16, 2004
CONTACT: Ward Mullens 734.487.4400
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EMU regents hold to state’s tuition restraint pledge of 2.4 percent

YPSILANTI ­­– Honoring its agreement with the state, EMU regents approved the restraint of resident undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees to 2.4 percent for 2004-05 at its regular meeting June 15.

            Tuition and mandatory fee rates for all other students (graduate and nonresident undergraduate students, would increase 4.8 percent.

            The 2004-05 tuition, including fees, for EMU resident undergraduates with 30 credit hours will increase from $5,627 to $5,762, an increase of $135. The cost per credit hour for resident undergraduates will increase $3.75 from $153.15 to $156.90, in-line with other state universities and ranking below others.

“In these times of ever increasing costs (e.g. health insurance, utilities) and reduced state funding, the University is committed to a comprehensive budget reduction strategy resulting in relatively low tuition and mandatory fee increases,” said John Beaghan, vice president for business and finance.

            Resident graduate tuition will increase from $7,328 to $7,681, an increase of $353. The cost per credit hour for resident graduate students will increase $13.95 from $270.25 to $284.20. Resident doctoral tuition will increase from $5,572 to $5,840, an increase of $268. Cost per credit hour will increase $16 from $311.50 to 327.50.

            Non-resident undergraduate tuition and fees will increase from $15,045 to $15,767, an increase of $722. Non-resident masters tuition and fees will increase $672 from $13, 996 to $14,668 and non-resident doctoral tuition will increase $503 from $10,476 to $10,979.

            The only mandatory fee increase will be the scheduled $0.75 increase in the student union fee, which increases from $0.75 to $1.50 per credit hour. The registration, general and technology fees remain the same.

            Some students, but not all, will be impacted by several new fees that will be added for the 2004-05 academic year. They include: a $10 course drop fee, a $12 general education fee, a $100 late add fee, a $100 late registration fee, a $75 record initiation fee, a $125 student teaching fee, and a $5 fee for transcripts.

            “With the current level of state support for EMU dipping to 38 percent it has become necessary for us to find ways to generate revenue that will help us continue to maintain our level of support. These vital functions require support staff and resources,” Beaghan said.

            Assuming that all Michigan public universities accept the tuition restraint pledge, EMU would remain eighth out of the 15 public universities with its resident undergraduate tuition and mandatory fee rate (according to the Michigan President’s Council).

            The average tuition and fees for the 15 state colleges and universities would be $6,073, an increase from $5,931.

State colleges with higher proposed tuition and fees include: Wayne State University ($5,830), Western Michigan University ($5,934), University of Michigan –Dearborn ($5,979), Ferris State University ($6,189), Michigan State University ($7,258), Michigan Technological University ($7,619) and University of Michigan – Ann Arbor ($8,685).

            “The good news is that nearly 16 percent of tuition and fees are returned to students through various campus-based financial aid awards,” said Beaghan.        

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